I learned something today
Friday, December 02, 2016
On Wednesday Tom and I went to IKEA. I needed a new couch for my family room. It needs to pull out into a bed, but it can't be too big or too heavy. I also wanted to get a display case so I could finally pull out of storage my doll collection - most of them dolls from other countries people have given me when they've traveled. I was so excited.....
Until I unpacked them. It seems my treasures are such treasures anymore - at least not to me. A few things in that 'treasure box' just needed to be thrown away. Memories from some weddings and mostly I can't remember what memories go with which wedding. Out they went. Then some of the dolls were in pretty bad shape - likely the ones I inherited from my Grandmother and mother. They were pitched as well. A few of them were just plain ugly or I had absolutely no memory of them - they are in the Goodwill pile.
This is what is left
At the bottom taking up 2 shelves is my Japanese Geisha doll, which I bought when I was in Japan in 1972. I do love her. On the top is a set of Korean girls on wash day that my 1st husband sent me when he was deployed in Korea - they had a glass case of their own which, after 44 years, I broke today. So they are on top but something will need to be done eventually. The middle shelf are all my Norwegian dolls, including 2 Trolls in the back which you can't really see. Some of these dolls are mine, gifts from grandparents who traveled back to visit family; others came to me while cleaning out my mothers things after she passed away. There is also a doll from Iceland and one from Lapland (which I believe is at the very top of Norway).
The next shelf is my American Indians - some bought in Colorado and others here in Minnesota. A few of these are quite old (nearly as old as me). The top shelf has just some little things I've been given and a doll from the Netherlands one of my bosses gave me. In the back corner are a couple dolls from Mexico from my former in-laws - I can't make them stand up.
I thought I would be thrilled to have them up again but I'm not. There are several I do love and will keep, but I think over time a few more will find their way to the Goodwill. But what I do like is how cozy this room feels to me now. I think it will be a nice home for some sewing and knitting. I've ordered pillows for the new couch - when they come I'll share the rest of the room.
I don't know if it's this darn aging process, or the realization that "things" aren't what make me happy anymore (and probably never did), or just knowing now that my children simply aren't sentimental about these things so once I'm gone they will just be distant memories. But it's getting easier and easier to let go. One thing I do know for sure, I just can't stand the clutter anymore!